Try an elimination diet to see what you should avoid
The last thing we want after a meal is to feel bloated or gasy, but that can usually be the case dependent on what you exactly ate before that. Your diet could be the reason why you're feeling bloated all the time. Here are the foods that could affect your digestive system, in a big way. Image: 123rf Article first published on Shape.com Lentils are an excellent source of fibre, which can also work against you, causing bloating in some people. This normally happens when you're not used to eating so much fibre in a serving. Image: 123rf This deliciously sweet fruit comes with an alarming high level of fructose, that can be a problem for people who can't fully absorb it. What comes after that would be gas, bloating and sometimes even diarrhea. Image: 123rf If you like adding raw onions to your salads, it will probably be wise to cook them before doing so. As they contain soluble fibres, known as fructans, which can cause major bloating, eating them raw will make it worse. Image: 123rf It can be hard to avoid wheat altogether especially since it is found in foods like bread, pizzas, wraps, biscuits, cakes, pretty much what we usually consume. But if you have the tendency to feel bloated after eating these, it is best to cut back on how much you actually eat. Wheat contains short chain carbohydrates as well as sugar alcohols. Image: 123rf As its name suggests, these drinks are filled with carbon dioxide. When it's trapped in the digestive system, that's when bloating and cramping happens, especially when consumed with a full meal. Image: 123rf Due to the lactose found in the sugar from dairy foods, those are lactose intolerant, can find themselves suffering from digestive problems - leading to bloating, cramps and gas. Image: 123rf They might be filled with beneficial nutrients but veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage also contain short chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols that can cause bloating. Image: 123rf The term "beer belly" says it all. Beer is a carbonated drink made from fermented carbs like barley and wheat, along with yeast and water - this combination includes a whole lot of gas and fermented carbs, equating to the perfect formula of bloatedness. Image: 123rf
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